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"Israel Has a Killer New Torpedo" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2018 8:40 p.m. PST

"Submarines and torpedoes are among the most closely-guarded and sensitive topics among navies. True to type, a recent announcement by the Israeli navy about the adoption of a new torpedo came with few details.

But it appears to be an interesting torpedo more advanced, with state-of-the-art technology. The Kaved will become the Israeli navy's primary attack torpedo for years…."
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Cacique Caribe Inactive Member03 Jul 2018 8:47 p.m. PST

I hope they learn from our mistakes. We certainly don't seem to.

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Lion in the Stars04 Jul 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

You honestly don't need immensely long range or 80-knot speed (or even guidance wires) to shoot up surface ships. Attacking surface ships is still done via periscope, so you're going to be relatively close. Just by math, within about 30km. The only difference between WW1 subs and todays subs when attacking surface targets is that today's torpedoes are self-guiding, so you only need one instead of a spread of 4-6.

But you need both long range and high speed to deal with submarines. If you don't have the range, a submarine will run your torpedo out of fuel. If you don't have the speed, a submarine will just flat out-run your torpedo. Modern subs are scary-fast. I personally have been in excess of 25 knots on a boomer. The USS San Francisco was at something like 33 knots when she slammed into that seamount (as reported in several newspapers).

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